Sonoma Coast Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Bodega Ridge 2004
Our 2004 Pinot Noir from the extreme Sonoma Coast was affected by a late season hot spell. Spring and summer were fairly typical, but in early September a major heat wave covered all of northern California and dramatically accelerated fruit development. We benefited greatly from our proximity to the cooling Pacific Ocean. Temperatures throughout the Russian River Valley were hitting 100o-110oF for days in succession. Heat is not beneficial to Pinot Noir; rapid, uneven ripening results in loss of varietal character. Temperatures on the Sonoma Coast were in the upper 80's, fortunately not hot enough to be damaging, instead giving delicious riper fruit characteristics that combined nicely with our normally high acid profiles.The grapes for the 2004 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir come from the Abbott, Baranoff, Clary, Koos, Leepin, Nunes, and Zephyr Vineyards. Barrels from Tonnellerie Sirugue, a small family-owned barrel-maker located in the heart of Burgundy, are ideal for the majority of our new oak use. These barrels are 36-month air-dried with medium plus and elegant plus toast: 50% new barrels. Each lot was pressed at approximately 3o-5o Brix; the wines were then placed in barrel where they completed their secondary malolactic fermentation. Barrels were racked and blended within each vineyard. After their initial 9 months in barrel, the wines were racked in the late spring of 2005, blended, then returned to their same barrels. The final blend was very lightly fined with fresh egg whites, thus preserving both richness and texture. After an average of 20 months in barrel, the wine was lightly filtered into bottle.Tasting Notes: This wine will evolve nicely from the long aging period in barrel, during which the delicate nuances of Pinot Noir developed beautifully. Our 2004 Pinot Noir will continue its evolution in bottle for the next 5-8 years, with the fruit and wood tannins continuing to meld into a silky texture. The rich, complex fruit character was enhanced by the warm late growing season, making this vintage particularly voluptuous but balanced nicely by naturally high acidity.Anthony Austin, WinemakerJanuary 8, 2007The grapes were harvested before sunrise in order to keep them as cool as possible. Getting the fruit picked quickly and into the cold confines of the winery was critical this year. Fruit was de-stemmed into one-ton fermenters and combined with 25% to 30% whole clusters, depending on stem ripeness. In order to harmonize the various components, we began with a prolonged cold soak at under 48oF to extract a broad spectrum of flavors without the alcoholic extraction of excess tannin. Cold soak duration was a lengthy 9-10 days on average and was ended by spontaneous wild yeast fermentation, giving expression to micro-flora. The wine was then inoculated with Assmanhausen yeast in order to finish fermentation with a focus on fruit expression. Hand punch downs were done 2-3 times daily; gentle manipulation of the cap assured a balanced extraction.Months in barrel: 20-22 monthsOak: 50% new French oak
External Reviews for Sonoma Coast Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Bodega Ridge
Focused and concentrated, with raspberry, white pepper and smoke aromas and layered wild berry, plum and mineral flavors that finish with ripe but still firm tannins. Ends with a nice mineral and pebble edge. Drink now through 2012.
A wine that blends fruit from seven vineyards and seven clones, this bears a family resemblance to the more expensive Balistreri Vineyard bottling in its tart, crisp profile, although thereandrsquo;s some dark earth and cola notes layered over the pie cherry fruit.
Possesses the sort of elegance that is coveted by winemakers around the world. The lengthy stay in French oak barrels (half new) is evidenced in the warm, toasted nut and mocha flavors that never overwhelm the bright red fruit. Ripe red raspberry and maraschino cherry dominate on the palate, but they are laced with cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate notes, creating a well-rounded and complex flavor on the tongue. The flavors are concentrated, but not heavy, and the alcohol does not overpower the fruit. Even at $60 I still feel as though this wine is a steal!
Big, deep, rich, powerful, supernally long, black fruit and roasted nut flavors.
Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, spicy, cranberry and cherry fruit aroma; full body; rich, spicy, red berry fruit flavors; well balanced; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.
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